By Michael Brown

16th Jul, 2020 | 11:05am

Exclusive: Leeds pundit claims senior ace may reject new deal after Phil Hay update

Michael Brown suggests that Barry Douglas could turn down a new contract at Leeds United due to his lack of game time this season.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 30-year-old needs to be playing regularly and that he may look for opportunities away from Elland Road.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reports that the Leeds board are keen on handing the Scotland international a contract extension in Yorkshire, with his current terms set to expire next summer.

Douglas has acted as backup for manager Marcelo Bielsa this season, with Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski ahead of him in the pecking order at left-back.

Brown believes that the defender’s lack of playing time over the past two years could cause him to turn down an offer and look for a move.

“I think he’s just got to see, got to see what your numbers are, where is everything, what the player wants to do, whether he wants to stay,” Brown told Football Insider.

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“A player wants to play football as well so it’s all good saying: ‘I want to extend my contract in the Premier League but do I see myself playing football?’ That’s what he’s got to do. 

“I look over to Sheffield United and there were players who were only around the squad in the Championship and have gone and played week in, week out in the Premier League. The game’s slightly different in the Premier League.”

Douglas has turned out 42 times for Leeds over the past two seasons but has struggled to keep a regular place in the side.

Of his 14 Championship appearances this season, only five have come among the starting XI.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown has dropped a “sensational” transfer claim.

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